Guwahati: Political leaders and activists welcomed the move by the government to constitute an expert committee to examine the demand for a separate Bodoland state from Assam; days after the Parliament passed the Telangana Bill.
KUMAI, 28 Feb 2014: The GTA PHE department has taken up a drinking water project in Kumai. PHE department in-charge sabhashad Anit Thapa today laid the foundation stone for the project estimated to cost Rs1.20 crore.
MIRIK, 27 Feb 2014: The major political parties of the Darjeeling hills are yet to announce candidate names and agendas for the Lok Sabha elections, but the CPM including some other smaller parties have already launched their poll campaign. CPM youth wing leader Kismat Tamang said his party has intensified activities to regain support base and is receiving positive feedback of late.
Bimal Gurung praises Jaswant Singh
Deep Gazmer,TNN Gurung in Darjeeling on Thursday. (Suman Tamang)
DARJEELING: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) wants to test the waters before it plunges into the election mode, with party chief Bimal Gurung on Thursday saying that he would first visit the constituencies of Darjeeling Hills before taking a stand.
Kolkata, Feb 26 (IANS): The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Wednesday urged the central government to expedite the process of granting the Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to all Gorkha communities hailing from Darjeeling hills of West Bengal.
"I am happy that the state cabinet has recommended 10 Gorkha communities for the approval of ST status. I would now appeal to the central government to expedite this issue and grant them ST status as soon as possible," GJM leader Bimal Gurung said on his official Facebook page.
Feb. 26: The Bengal government will request the Centre to grant Scheduled Tribe status to 10 Darjeeling hill communities although a survey has shown that most of them don’t fulfil the economic and social criteria, Nabanna officials said today.
“A note will soon be placed before the cabinet on recommending to the Centre ST status for the Rai, Yakkha, Gurung, Bhujel, Newar, Jogi, Sunwar-Mukhia, Mangar, Khas and Thami communities in the hills,” a senior state government official said.
Kurseong, 26 February: Senior leader of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) Anit Thapa yesterday said it does not really matter if people join the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) or the Trinamul congress (TMC), but what matters most, according to him, is that “these people” who are into politics must first think of general public and all-round development of Darjeeling hills.